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Sunday, February 6 @ 8 pm
Elizabeth Shea Dance, IN
New York Theatre Ballet, NY
FUSE Dance Company, CA
East by North Dance Theatre, NY
John Beasant III, TX
Metanoia Dance, NY
Constance Nicolas Vellozzi, NY
Koin & Co, NY
Charlotte Adams & Dancers, AZ
WHITE WAVE Dance, NY
Feb 6 | 8:00 pm
161A Chrystie Street, NYCity 10002
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Elizabeth Shea Dance is a chamber ensemble who seek new ways to tell human stories. The company has performed across the US and abroad, most recently at the X Theatre in Adelaide, Australia, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the ODC Theatre in San Francisco, and the Ailey Citygroup Theatre in New York.
A recent film project, Breath|Light|Stone, has been screened as an official selection at international festivals across the globe, and won several awards, including Best Dance Film, Best Choreography for the Lens, and Best Ensemble. The company premiered Ascension in 2020, a site-specific work performed at the Eskenazi Museum of Art designed by I.M. Pei. The work was seen by over 1,000 people and was reviewed as “an incredible awakening that brings us into the embrace of Mr. Pei, whose spirit very much floats throughout the structure.” The ensemble’s newest choreography, Rhythm Runs Through It, has its origins in pre-pandemic explorations of rhythm, sound, and collaboration, now heightened by a sense of urgency, importance, and resilience.
Elizabeth Shea Dance © Freddie Kelvin
Julian Donahue graduated in 2019 with a BA in dance and political science from Hofstra University. While training at JKO, Julian was the second recipient of the David Hallberg Scholarship. He joined New York Theatre Ballet in the spring of 2019. At NYTB, Julian has performed work by Richard Alston, Sonia Dawkins, Nicolo Fonte, Antonia Fransceschi, Robert La Fosse, José Limón, Margo Sappington, and Pam Tanowitz . As a student, Julian performed works by Adam Barruch, Robin Becker, Sean Curran, David Parker, Frederick Earl Mosley, Eleo Pomare, and Larry Keigwin. He taught dance to adults with disabilities in partnership with AHRC Nassau. Julian also performs with the New York Baroque Dance Company. In 2021, Julian had his choreographic debut at NYTB’s Lift Lab Series, presenting a duet for two women from the company, Giulia Faria and Mònica Lima.
“Displacement” explores the intimacy, conflict, and joy of romantic and platonic same-sex relationships.
New York Theatre Ballet © Dorothy Mills
FUSE Dance Company © Cathy Tramy Doan
Joshua D. Estrada-Romero began his dance training at California State University, Fullerton and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance in 2008 and received his M.F.A in Dance from the University of California Irvine in 2017. Joshua currently shares his passion as a Professor/Choreographer at California State University Fullerton, Mt. San Antonio College, Santa Ana College, Tustin Dance Center and Anaheim High School. Joshua is the director of FUSE Dance Company based in Orange County, CA. Their mission is to support and foster the growth and development of the performing arts in Southern California. Through research and exploration, FUSE develops an aesthetic that merges contemporary dance with other movement practices. Joshua will be performing a solo that is an excerpt of a full length work entitled “A State of Presence” to the words of Alan Watts.
EAST BY NORTH DANCE THEATRE- BORN OUT OF A LOVE FOR PURE MOVEMENT, EAST BY NORTH DANCE THEATRE WAS FORMED UNDER THE IDEA THAT SIMPLE OR COMPOUNDING THOUGHT CAN BE EXPRESSED THROUGH VIVID MOVEMENT. FOUNDED AND DIRECTED BY SARAH NACHBAUER AND JON EDEN, EAST BY NORTH REPRESENTS THE UNRESTRICTED AND IMPROVISATIONAL SPIRIT THAT THEY FEEL SYMBOLIZE A NEW WAVE OF MODERN THEATRICAL DANCE. “UPON THE PLACE BENEATH” OCCUPIES A SPACE IN THE SUBCONSCIOUS THAT RESTORES BALANCE AND FORMS BONDS WITH OTHERS. IT IS A REESTABLISHMENT OF CONTACT AND RELIANCE.
EAST BY NORTH DANCE THEATRE © EBNDT_Robert Whitman
John Beasant III © Beasant Peripeteia
John Beasant III holds an MFA in dance from the University of Utah. He is the Artistic Director of John Beasant and Dancers and is also an Assistant Professor of Dance at the UH School of Dance. He has worked professionally as a dance company member with notable New York City-based companies such as Doug Varone and Dancers (2001-2010), the José Limón Dance Company, Keith Johnson/Dancers, and was a founding member of Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance. John has the pleasure of making dances, performing, and teaching throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. www.johnbeasant.com
Peripeteia is a dance inspired by events of COVID-19, the soloist recognizes her true nature of her own circumstances. The dancer wafts through the space, echoing deep roots that search inwards for answers. What is discovered from this chaos is love and the immediate desire of hope for a better future.
Metanoia Dance © Marie Wilson
Metanoia Dance is a company founded by Jenifer Dillow in 2021. Metanoia (meh-ta-noy-ah) is Greek for “the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, or way of life” and is usually connected to a spiritual moment. Metanoia’s mission is to turn the tide through movement. The company’s values are community, authenticity, and faith with a desire to bring freedom to dancers individually and the dance community as a whole. The piece being presented is “To My Younger Self”, performed by Jaydn Decuir and Tay Diggs. The purpose of the piece is to highlight mental illness and to extend a message of hope to those struggling with mental health or any other battle.
Constance Nicolas Vellozzi is originally from Paris, France where she primarily trained in classical ballet. She performed at the Paris National Opera and was is in the original creation Le Songe de Medee, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj.
In 2012 she came to NYC, training at the Alvin Ailey school ,then at Steps on Broadway. Constance is currently working for numerous dance companies of diverse styles ranging from Jazz, Modern/Theater, Samba, Afro Brazilian, Afro contemporary, West African.
Fusion of Afro Brazilian and modern movements, Malaika is Constance’s choreographing debut. Malaika means “Angel” in Swahili -a language spoken in several countries in Africa- and is a tribute to a dear friend and to all of our ancestors and guides in life who allow us to create powerful connections between a tangible and an invisible world.
Constance Nicolas Vellozzi © Athena Azzevedo
Koin & Co © Sandy Shelton of Full Out Creative
Jessica Santa is a 2021 graduate from the Koin & Co Junior Company! The junior division of Koin & Co is comprised of dancers 12-18, who exhibit superb technical efficiency, hold a mature movement quality & maintain high professionalism both inside & outside the studio. I hold my young dancers to an extremely high standard, Jessica not only met the standard set but exceeded it. As Jessica is embarking on her first year as a working professional, I am so excited to have her participating in the 2022 White Wave Festival as her first professional performance credit!
Charlotte Adams’ choreography has been described as “gloriously audacious” (Pittsburgh in the Round), “arresting” (The New York Times,) “gorgeous” and “delicious” said The Tucson Weekly, describing a style that combines her signature wit and athleticism with an eye for the poetry of human foibles. Charlotte Adams & Dancers had its premiere performance at New York’s Joyce SoHo. Subsequent performance venues and choreographic commissions include: Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Triskelion Arts (NYC), Diane Wortham Theatre (Asheville, NC), the DUMBO Dance Festival (NYC), DeMeester Theater (Tucson), the Lied Center (Omaha, NE), El Museo Centro Leon (Santiago, DR), New Territory/Cuerpo de Danza (San Juan, PR), Ah-Ha! Dance Theatre (Kansas City, MO), and the Theatre Iseion and Odyssud in southern France among others. Recently Adams toured and performed with The World As We Know It: solos performed by women of a certain age. She earned an MFA at the University of Arizona in 1995 and joined the dance faculty at The University of Iowa in 1998
Charlotte Adams & Dancers © Miranda Meyer
A pioneer of “Hallyu (한류): Korean Wave”, Young Soon Kim, an internationally acclaimed choreographer whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich. Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. For nearly four decades, Ms. Kim and WHITE WAVE have appeared globally on principal stages including Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, National Theater of Seoul (Korea), National Theater of Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, as well as Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Maison de la Culture in Le Havre, France; Teatro Nazionale in Milan, Teatro Tendu Striscie in Rome, Italy; Schauspielhaus in Cologne, Germany; as well as the Festival d’Avignon in Avignon, France, among others. In 2003 Ms. Kim was featured in the documentary film Arirang: The Korean American Journey, which was premiered at the Smithsonian Institute and broadcasted nationwide by PBS. In 2013 and 2014, Ms. Kim was nominated twice for the Annual KBS Global Korean Award.
2019 has been invigorating for WHITE WAVE Dance, including a highly successful tour to Korea & China!
Our latest production “iyouuswe II, A Dance Film” is selected to Finalist at Vancouver Independent Film Festival and an OFFICIAL SELECTION at the London International Short Film Festival 2021, 2021 Espoo Digi-Dance International Film Festival (Finland) and Experimental, Dance, Music Film Festival (Canada).
WHITE WAVE Dance © Matt Borowick